Human-machine superintelligence: how to live and prosper with AI

Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of AI, published a book in 1986 with the title “Society of Mind” where he described a theory of intelligence. Minky’s big idea was that the human mind was the result of many mind-less agents coming together, interacting, and producing complex mental phenomena such as language, memory, free will, and consciousness. In essence, Minsky’s “society of mind” was a way of understanding swarm intelligence as a fundamental principle of how nervous systems work. Similarly to how termites swarm to build architecturally complex nests, neurons interconnect and exchange signals that translate to our feeling of selfhood, and more. Therefore, Minsky argued, if you want to build intelligent machines you only need to build many simple computational agents, connect them in an appropriate way, and let…

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